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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Haydee Martinez
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 19:46:13 -0700 (MST)
In the "Conversations about teaching Contemporary Ecological Art"
segment of the website I came across the question "What ecological issues
are important in your community?" Coming from a border town, I have
been able to experience many negative outcomes of the environment and
natural habitat due to mistakes of humankind. If any of you have ever
heard of the town in Arizona called Nogales, chances are that the issues
brought up along with it weren't good. As some of you might know, Nogales
has a huge problem with unsafe and infected water leading to cancer,
particularly skin cancer. For the most part, this problem seems to be due
to the fact that the sewage water from Mexico crosses the border through
what is known as the "arroyo." The result of diseases doesn't mean that
Mexico is the country to blame. This issue simply turned out to be that
way. The problem is that the water which substantiates plant and human
life is somewhat infected making the lives of the species that depend on
it be somewhat endangered.
Another ecological issue, that affects my hometown, whether people
realize it or not is the air pollution created by the multiple semi-trucks
that transport the produce which has managed to keep Nogales from becoming
a ghost town. Although there is not any smog or anything that may inhibit
life of any sort, the question that comes to mind is, is it worth
"polluting the air" just to keep a town alive? Personally, I cannot help to
be but biased since it is after all my hometown which I love dearly.
Hopefully, attention will be given to these issues before it's too